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Waste Disposal

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many waste disposal authorities had carried out surveys of sites in their areas by 14th June 1977;(2) how many waste disposal authorities prepared plans for the disposal of waste as required under the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

Section 2 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974, which places on waste disposal authorities a duty to survey waste disposal requirements in their areas and prepare a waste disposal plan, has not yet been implemented. However, I understand that about 30 of the 46 waste disposal authorities in England have nevertheless begun work on their surveys on an extra-statutory basis; none has yet completed its plan; and that the remaining authorities do not intend to proceed with their survey and plan until it becomes a statutory duty. The Department has recently opened discussions with the local authorities associations about the implementation of Section 2.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many waste site licences had been issued by 14th June 1977; and how many applications were being processed at that date;(2) in respect of how many waste sites no licences have yet been issued.

Of the 3,500 waste disposal sites and facilities in England estimated to require disposal licences, about 1,050 had been issued with licenses by 14th June 1977 and a further 1,250 applications were being processed at that date.